Fertilizer Sector reforms – NBS, bio-fertilizers, Neem coating, etc.

The issues with Naphtha-based fertilizer units

  1. Center gives subsidy on Urea production but last year, they asked the units to switch over to natural gas as the cost of naphtha (as feedstock) was very high.
  2. But, in recent times, naphtha prices have fallen.
  3. Still 3 plants – MFL, SPIC and Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers Ltd. are not able to make use of the price fall because their fate hangs in limbo.
  4. Out of 33 plants in India, all but these 3 have switched to natural gas as feedstock. These plants still do not have a regular connectivity to gas.
  1. Center has been giving subsidy on the urea production but last year, they asked the units to switch over to natural gas as the cost of naphtha (as feedstock) was very high.
  2. Interestingly, in recent times, naphtha prices have fallen again.
  3. The 3 plants – MFL, SPIC and Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers Ltd. are not able to make use of the price fall because their fate hangs in limbo.
  4. These plants still do not have a regular connectivity to the natural gas & they can’t take a call on the Naptha price drop.